It’s official: fiber is now the reference technology for connecting to the Internet at home. This is revealed by Arcep, the telecoms regulator, this Thursday. According to the institution, the number of fiber subscriptions reached 16.3 million at the end of the second quarter. Thereby, “51% of high and very high speed Internet subscriptions are now fiber optic”, underlines the institution. Which represents quite a progression, of 11 points in one year.
Despite connection quality problems, the French continue to convert to this technology, whose speeds are more suited to today’s uses, such as streaming or teleworking. Logically, high-speed ADSL subscriptions are declining. ” The sustained contraction in the number of broadband subscriptions continues at a more moderate pace (-2.6 million in one year against -3.1 million a year earlier)specifies the regulator. The number of these subscriptions stands at 11.8 million at the end of the first half of 2022.”
Decrease in the pace of deployments
The deployment of fiber continues. During the second quarter, operators made 1.2 million additional premises connectable. This is 20% less than a year ago. The pace of deployments is slowing as the bulk of the work, especially in the more densely populated areas, has already been done. Operators are working hard to cover the countryside, where 800,000 premises were made connectable in the second quarter.
Arcep regrets, however, that some cities and very dense areas are not fully covered. Knowing that in these territories, operators are not subject to any obligation. ” The insufficient rhythm observed in the very dense areas recent quarters continues: the production of new lines has even fallen by more than a quarter compared to the same period last year”, criticizes Arcep. In total, 32 million premises are eligible for fiber offers in France, i.e. more than four out of five.